Angraecum rutenbergianum Kraenzl. 1882 SECTION Perrierangraecum

Photo by Patricia Harding

Plant and Flower

Photo by Marius Wasbauer

Part shade Cool ColdSpringSummer

Common Name Rutenberg's Angraecum [German Orchid Collector Madagascar 1800's]

Flower Size 2 1/5" [5.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters on tree trunks in humid evergreen forests and more often rocks in dense heavily shaded forests as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte or epiphyte with a short stem carrying stiff, leathery, somewhat keeled, dull dusty green leaves and blooms in the spring through summer on a axillary, 1 1/5" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

A rutenburgianum can be distinguished from its similar species A didieri and A elephantinum by A rutenburgianum's almost equitant, succulent leaves, a broadly elliptic lip and an anther that does not have a nose like projection

These 4 species, A Didieri, A elephanthinum and A rutenbergianum & A peyrotii are all quite similar but each one differs mostly in the leaves and or in the lip

Synonyms Angraecum catati Baill. ?; Jumellea rutenbergiana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1915; Perrierangraecum rutenbergianum (Kraenzl.) Szlach., Mytnik & Grochocka 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 as A aff rutenburgiana photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;